By Norm Cohen
This state-by-state selection of folksongs describes the background, society, tradition, and occasions attribute of all fifty states. in contrast to all different country folksong collections, this one doesn't specialize in songs accumulated within the specific states, yet quite on songs about the existence and instances of the folk of that country. the themes variety from the key historic occasions, similar to the Boston Tea social gathering, the assault on citadel Sumter, and the California Gold Rush, to locally very important occasions equivalent to mess ups and murders, hard work difficulties, occupational songs, ethnic conflicts. the various songs can be well known, reminiscent of Casey Jones, Marching via Georgia, or candy Betsy from Pike. Others, much less typical, haven't been reprinted given that their unique book, yet need to be studied due to what they inform in regards to the humans of those usa, their loves, labors, and losses, and their responses to occasions. the gathering is prepared by way of areas, beginning with New England and finishing with the states bordering the Pacific Ocean, and via states inside each one sector. for every nation there are from 4 to 15 songs awarded, with a typical of 10 songs consistent with nation. for every tune, an entire textual content is reprented, by way of dialogue of the track in its ancient context. References to to be had recordings and different models are given. Folksongs, comparable to these mentioned the following, are a huge device for historians and cultural historians simply because they pattern stories of the earlier at a distinct point from that of up to date newspaper debts and educational histories. those songs, in a feeling, are background writ small.Includes: Away Down East, The outdated Granite country, Connecticut, The Virginian Maid's Lament, hold Me again to previous Virginny, i go again to North Carolina, close up in chilly Creek Mine, Ain't God stable to Iowa?, Dakota Land, expensive Prairie domestic, Cheyenne Boys, i am off for California, and others.
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Amanda, the pride of her village and home, Far, far up the Merrimac waters had come; In war, led a captive, unfriended, forlorn, Her feet bathed in blood, and her garments all torn. At the foot of a hemlock the wild game was flung; Above, from its branches, the rude armor hung; From battle and plunder the warriors reposed— The toils of the day, which the evening had closed. Ere blushes of morning again should return, In torture Amanda was destined to burn! She courted the vengeance and wrath of her foes, And sighed for the hour when her sufferings should close.
12 AMERICAN FOLK SONGS From 1641 to 1679 the region was administered by the colonial government of Massachusetts. Following territorial and religious disputes between Massachusetts and Mason’s heirs, New Hampshire became a separate royal province in 1679. Boundary feuds with Massachusetts and New York over that part of the New Hampshire grant that became Vermont continued almost until the American Revolution. As antagonisms festered between the colonials and the British motherland, citizens of New Hampshire were overwhelmingly in sympathy with the aims of the revolutionary leaders.
One of several broadsides from various New England towns in the 1840s complaining about the life of the factory girls. From the Kenneth S. Goldstein collection, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University. 18 AMERICAN FOLK SONGS No more will I tread the snow To get into the mill; No longer will I work so hard To get one dollar bill. No more I’ll put my bonnet on And hasten to the mill, While other girls are working hard, And I am sitting still. Come all ye pretty factory girls, I’ll have you understand, I’m going to leave the factory And return to my native land.
American Folk Songs: A Regional Encyclopedia - 2 Volumes Set by Norm Cohen